Latin America Condemns Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism in Region



The Latin American Parliament on Monday passed a declaration condemning anti-Semitism throughout the region.

Announced during the parliament’s 27th General Assembly in Panama, the declaration is meant to be a deterrent against what is considered to be a rising tide of anti-Semitism in Latin America and throughout the world.

“The resurgence of anti-Semitism in the world results in an increase in attacks on Jewish individuals and institutions,” the declaration stated. “These attacks, both verbal and physical, use language that often draws on old anti-Jewish prejudice and applied against individuals, religious institutions, educational and Jewish community, using sinister stereotypes and negative traits.”

Some Latin American nations’ close ties to Iran has caused concern among Israel and the United States, a close ally of the Israel.

Venezuela's Hugo Chávez and Bolivia's Evo Morales, both of whom have called Iran a "strategic ally." Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has visited Venezuela four times and Bolivia three times, as well as President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the former Brazilian leader.

Iran and Ahmadinejad are critical of the Israeli state as well at its relations with Palestine and the Iranian president has strongly denied the existence of the Holocaust. The Islamic republic along with the terrorist group Hezbollah were also linked to the 1992 Israeli embassy bombing in Buenos Aires that left 29 people dead.

Bolivian President Evo Morales recently apologized to the Argentine Jewish community for inviting Iranian Defense minister Ahmad Vahido to the country this summer. Vahido is wanted by Argentina in connection to the 1992 attack.

“The truth is, it’s not common to hear a President speak with humility and sensibility to recognize an error” said Aldo Donzis, head of Argentina-Israeli Associations Delegation, according to MercoPress.

The parliament’s declaration also called for Internet providers to establish guidelines and terms of use against hate and intolerance while also keeping legislation that protects freedom of expression. “We call for strengthening education to curb anti-Semitism, the oldest prejudice in favor of respect, tolerance and coexistence,” the report stated. “We declare that, by acting in this spirit, we do not favor a particular group but in defense of the common good of society as a whole.”

The resolution against anti-Semitism follows a previous resolution in 2008 against all forms of discrimination and racism, signed by Chávez, Lula da Silva and Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

"We are proud to have promoted this initiative will contribute to anti-discrimination legislation and anti-Semitism and racism in Latin America. It also serves as a model for all victims of hatred and intolerance,” said Dr. Shimon Samuels, director of International Relations of the Wiesenthal Center, according to

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